MEET THE STAFF!
MITCH FREEDMAN: Hi I’m Mitch, a recent graduate of McGill university majoring in psychology. I’ve spent three summers working as a camp counselor, two of which were working the sports program at another day camp. I also currently volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal organization as a mentor. I’ve tried to remain active throughout my life through various sports (hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, etc.) and weightlifting as I feel strongly that a healthy body is necessary for a healthy mind. Sports are a great outlet for personal development, teaching discipline and a mastery-oriented approach to learning; skills that are crucial to success in other aspects of life. I can’t wait to spend this summer helping kids have fun, stay active, learn new skills and hopefully win a few championships along the way!
JARRED SLIMOVITCH: Hi, my name is Jarred Slimovitch. I am a third semester Health Science honors student at John Abbott College. I play soccer at both the collegiate level with John Abbott College’s varsity team (The Islanders) and at the provincial level with FSS U-21 AAA. I am an active member of Saint John Ambulance, occupying the position of Sergeant First Class (team leader), and am a trained Medical First Responder. I have worked at TSPA (Tennis and Sports Psychology Academy) as both a tennis and soccer instructor, at Sunny Acres Day Camp as a soccer specialist, and at YCC as a counselor for boys aged 13-14. I have been playing the beautiful game since I was 3 years old and have participated in elite international tournaments in the US, Brazil, Israel, Portugal, and Spain. I am super excited to coach the athletes at SportLife and give them a world class sporting experience!
JEREMY ROSENBERG: My name is Jeremy, I am 21 years old, and I study at McGill University in Physiotherapy. I have a ton of sports and camp experience and I’m excited to start my first summer at SportLife! I have been coaching Dollard Hockey for the last six years in various age groups, ranging from 11 to 18. I have also been working at a sleep away summer camp working primarily with 7-11 year olds. Throughout my years of sports and camps, I have worked with many age groups and know how to interact with children of all ages. I have been playing various sports throughout my life, with much of my time spent in hockey, baseball and basketball. I have played various positions in every sport I have played in,and believe that my knowledge will allow me to teach at a high level. I can’t wait for the summer to get started and to meet all the SportLife athletes!
DANIEL SAILOFSKY: Hi, my name is Daniel and I’m a Law student at Université de Montreal. I’ve been coaching basketball for four years with kids aged 10-14, and last year began coaching at the CEGEP level at Champlain College as well. I’ve also worked at Redwood Day Camp as both a counselor and sports specialist for the past four years working with children of all ages and skill levels. Growing up, I used to think there was nothing quite like scoring an overtime winner, hitting a buzzer beating jumper, or striking out the side. Since my athletic career began winding down however (sadly, I’ll never make the pros), I’ve learned that coaching your own team as they accomplish those same goals can be just as sweet. Be it hockey, baseball, basketball, football, tennis or pretty much anything else, I live and breathe sports. Nearly all my free time is spent playing, coaching, watching, reading and learning about the sports I love, and I can’t wait to share this knowledge and this passion with the young athletes of SportLife! In my mind, coaching and helping young people improve is the most rewarding experience a person can have, and I look forward to helping my players/campers grow as athletes and as individuals on our road to the championship. Let’s have some fun!
MADISON GRENIER: Hi I’m Madison! I went to Beaconsfield High School and I just finished my first year of Cegep at John Abbott College. I have experience working at a soccer camp and have a very large sports background. I have played at the AA level for both soccer and hockey, am currently on the John Abbott Flag Football team, and played some basketball in high school. Athletics have always been a big part of my life and I believe that staying active is essential to our mental and physical well-being. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the athletes who I will meet over the summer, and hope to help them learn and grow as team players. I can’t wait to coach my own team this summer, and help them improve as athletes!
JOSH WHITE: Hey! My name’s Josh and I recently completed my first year of Law at the University of Montreal. I have also previously received a Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. Playing and coaching sports is my passion as I have been doing so for many years. At just 22 years of age, I have already been coaching baseball for over six seasons. I am extremely active and have been playing baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey and much more since a very young age. I also have camp experience as I worked as a sports specialist at Redwood Day Camp last summer. If you love sports, SportLife is the place to be, and I’m extremely excited for camp to get started. I can’t wait to help my campers improve their skills, have fun, and win a few championships!
ADAM ROCKMAN: Hey my name is Adam, I’m 22 years old and I’m a third year accounting student at John Molson School of Business. For almost my entire life, I have been involved with sports. From a young age, I began playing hockey and baseball and continue to do so today. I have also been golfing regularly for numerous years as and have recently started playing flag football competitively as well. Six years ago, I realized I wouldn’t be able to play all these sports forever and I started coaching hockey. I really enjoyed being able to teach and develop player skills and make a difference in their game. I have been coaching hockey for the past six years for kids aged 12-18 and have worked at a sleepaway camp the past three summers as a sports specialist with kids aged 7-15. Prior to SportLife, I worked at a hockey camp for three years, teaching and training kids the basic fundamentals of hockey. Sports play a huge role in my life and I can’t wait to teach the kids what I have learned, as well as improve their game and make them future superstars!
JAMES FLOREANI: What’s up Sportlifers? My name is James (or coach J-FLO) and I will be entering my final year at Concordia University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Education. As a kid, I lived for sports. I played and excelled at basically every sport you can name, but I ended up sticking with football and playing out in British Columbia on full scholarship. I came back to Montreal last year and recently founded a non-profit organization called the Stay Up Campaign (stayupcampaign.com), which focuses on building the three C’s (Confidence, Character and Coping Mechanisms) in youth all the while demoting bullying and depression. Your youth shapes who you become as an individual and so I strongly believe that helping kids’ build the three C’s is essential to their development. If a camp like SportLife was around when I was a kid, you already know I’d be begging my parents to go every week. I’m happy to be part of the SportLife team and I look forward to helping kids live out their dream of becoming a professional athlete for the summer!
GREGORY BONDY: Hey SportLifers! My name is Gregory Bondy and I can’t wait to see all of you at camp and get to know you! Here is a little bit about me. I’m a student in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. Growing up, I played football, hockey, soccer, and basketball, and loved every moment. To this day, sports are a major component of my life; they teach lessons that the classroom cannot such as teamwork, dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship. As a coach at SportLife, I hope to share my love of sports with the campers and teach them to lead a healthy lifestyle, while having the time of their lives!
JAMIE DOLLIMORE: Hi I’m Jamie I’m 17 years old and I just finished my first year of CEGEP at John Abbott College. Sports have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, I began playing soccer and skiing at age 4. I also did gymnastics for 5 years and have been teaching, kids ages 3-13, for 3 years. Another sport that had become a big part of my life is rugby I have been playing rugby for almost 4 years now and I currently playing for the Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue saints rugby club. I believe staying active is very important in everyone’s life, it is good for your body as well as your mind. I’m looking forward to an amazing summer with all my athletes learning new skills, playing and having fun!
ELANA SZEMENYEI: Hi! My name is Elana and I am a human relations undergraduate student at Concordia University. I am super excited to be joining the SportLife staff this summer! I love to play sports for fun as well as competitively, I have played intercity AAA basketball for Lakers as well as competed on the John Abbott AAA basketball team. I also have a strong background in soccer, softball and water polo. I started playing softball at the age of 6 and continued up until the age of 14, where I played on the Lac Saint-Louis intercity team, it’s only this year, at the age of 20 that I decided to rejoin a softball league and play for fun. I also played soccer for 8 years as well as competed for the Dollard-Des Ormeaux Water Polo team. I am super excited for the summer to begin, I can’t wait to teach and improve my athlete’s skills, performances and of course, have fun!
WILL STRACHAN: Hey guys, my name is Will and I recently graduated from John Abbott College in the Honours Social Science with Math program. I will be attending the University of Toronto in the fall, studying mathematics and economics. Sports have been a part of my life since a very young age, and throughout the years, I have been heavily involved in coaching, playing and officiating. I have played competitive hockey, soccer and baseball for the past ten years, which has allowed me to develop a passion for healthy athletic competition, but which has also allowed me to understand the values that sports teach young athletes. As a level 3 hockey referee and a senior league baseball umpire, I understand how to manage the game, while at the same time making sure all those involved are playing fairly and safely. I also have experience coaching young children how to improve their skating abilities at the Can-Skate program. I am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge of various sports, as well as helping young athletes improve their skills over the summer.
GARRETT GROSSMAN: Hi, my name is Garrett Grossman! I am 17 years old and am currently entering my first year at Dawson College in Commerce, following my graduation from West Island College. Ever since I was little, sports have been a huge part of my life. I have always been especially interested in hockey, as it was my number one sport from the age of 3. However, I also play baseball, basketball, touch football, golf and many others. I think sports is something that has the ability to teach kids responsibility, but also allows them to discover details about themselves. Over the years, I have been a camper at CBB of Ottawa as well as a CIT, an experience that showed me a lot about working with children. Looking forward to many great weeks at Sport-Life!
CODY REDIKER: Hi everyone, My name is Cody and I am a first year student at John Abbott College studying youth and adult correctional intervention and I also have a background in sociology from Bishop’s University.I am 23 years old and have always been passionate about sports and living a healthy and active lifestyle. I have been coaching youth wrestling for the last three years and have really enjoyed being involved with the community in programs such as Big Buddies , community aid and community youth centres. I have been a multi sport athlete for most of my life , playing sports such as hockey , soccer , baseball , rugby and football. Sharing my knowledge of sports and sportsmanship has been extremely rewarding to me and I can’t wait to join sports life this summer to continue coaching young athletes and having lots of fun along the way.